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Yukata Do What Yukata Do by Meagan Shinbashi. BOSP Kyoto, Spring 2015-16


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The Stanford in Kyoto center is situated inside Doshisha University, on the northern edge of the old Imperial Palace gardens in the heart of the city.

Students can take Autumn and/or Spring Quarter academic programs, as well as an optional 10-week summer internship (for Spring Quarter participants only) at leading companies and institutions all over Japan. The curriculum typically combines intensive Japanese language study with Japan-focused content courses on contemporary culture, arts and society.

Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

With its history as Japan’s former Imperial capital for over a millennium, Kyoto is rightly famed for its ancient shrines and temples (which outnumber its convenience stores), its traditional ryokan inns and its centuries-old craftsmanship. Even today the city retains its status as the cultural capital of the nation. Despite its old-world feel Kyoto is an energetic city looking firmly to the future, with an impressive list of high tech companies making their home here.

Kyoto Spring Quarter 2021-22

Our spring program content courses explore contemporary issues such as creative expression and human rights in Japan, the media landscape, and modern Japanese religion. In addition, highly experiential courses are offered on classical subject areas including Kyoto’s gardens, and the traditional tea practice. Japanese language classes are also offered at various levels.

Please note that: 

  • Housing: All students in Spring 2021-22 will live in private housing. For more details, please click HERE.
  • OSPKYOTO 40M: An Intro to Making: What is EE will not be offered in the Spring 2021-22.
  • For an overview of elective courses offered Spring Quarter, please click HERE

Learn More About the BOSP Kyoto Program

Photo: Zen Calligraphy. “This is a photo from our Bing trip to Taizo-in Temple, where we got to experience the many aspects of Zen Buddhism, one of which is the practice of calligraphy.” —Whitney Francis

Zen Calligraphy by Whitney Francis Kyoto, Spring 2016-17

Student Ambassadors

share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.

What I Did in Kyoto

I actually did not come to Stanford planning to study abroad. It was not until my sophomore year when I took a spring break trip to Japan when I realized that there was so much more to the country that I wanted to experience beyond what I could see as just a tourist. I wanted to look past the image of Japan that we receive through its popular culture and understand what it is like to live in their society. So, when I found an opportunity in my schedule to go abroad to Kyoto, I took it!

Parfait Party by Will Gutzman Kyoto, Spring 2018-19.

Will Gutzman

Kyoto, Spring 2018-19
CASK (Cultural Association of Stanford Kyoto) is the Doshisha University student group dedicated to hanging out with Stanford students and showing them around Kyoto...The CASK students were incredibly friendly and helpful, and integral to my study abroad experience. They were always willing to give us advice-—good restaurants, fun activities in Kyoto, and help with the language.

About the banner photo: “During the summer of 2016, many students in the Stanford Kyoto Internship Program and I attended Japan’s largest summer festival – Gion Matsuri in Kyoto. There, all of us dressed up in traditional Japanese summer yukatas and wandered around town to enjoy all the street food and events. It was by far one of the coolest things I got to experience abroad – spending time with friends to explore the city, taking lots of pictures in our traditional garb, eating endless amounts of food are memories I will always treasure. This photo was taken when we were taking a break by the Kamo River, which runs through the heart of Kyoto. Zane Zook, Nathaniel Agharese, Alexandra Bernard and Brian Ngo are pictured.” —Meagan Shinbashi